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Platypus and the birthday party
Riddell, Chris.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Orlando : Harcourt, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Platypus and his friend Echidna have a birthday party for Bruce, a toy platypus.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 71627.
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X Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
X Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Platypus wants to give Bruce, his favorite stuffed animal, the best birthday party ever. He's got everything they need: silly hats, colorful decorations, and festive games.
But when his friend Echidna comes over to help out, Platypus discovers he has a lot to learn about birthday parties--except, of course, how to have fun!

Author Notes

Chris Riddell was born on April 13, 1962. He is a British illustrator and occasional writer of children's books and a political cartoonist for The Observer. He has won two Kate Greenaway Medals, the British librarians' annual award for the best-illustrated children's book, and two of his works were commended runners-up. Books that he wrote or illustrated have won three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes and have been silver or bronze runners-up four times. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal for his title Goth Girl: And the Ghost of a Mouse. He was named the ninth Waterstones Children's Laureate in 2015. Riddell was presented with a Children¿s Laureate medal and a £15,000 (A$30,014) bursary cheque at a ceremony in London, where he announced plans to promote visual literacy during his two-year term.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The playful hero returns in his third book, Platypus and the Birthday Party by Chris Riddell. Platypus and his friend Echidna, a spiny-coated fellow (similar to a porcupine) host a birthday party for Bruce, a toy platypus. Together they make an "echidna cake," blow up balloons, which pop on Echidna's quills, and make decorations. The party is so much fun that Platypus says "Let's have another one tomorrow!" Humorous, expressive illustrations of the duck-billed, web-footed Platypus and his quill-covered friend complement the buoyant text. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-The lovable star of Platypus and Platypus and the Lucky Day (both Harcourt, 2002) returns in another delightful adventure. Here, the enthusiastic animal decides to throw a birthday party for his favorite stuffed animal. Together, he and his friend Echidna prepare for the event, donning homemade birthday hats, making a cake, blowing up balloons, and building paper chains. When everything is finally ready, they realize that they have forgotten the guest of honor. Lively, watercolor and black-ink illustrations enhance the accessible story. The white backgrounds and simple lines keep the focus on the characters' antics. Although the plot is slight, children will enjoy this warmhearted tale of good friends sharing a special time.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.